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Texas Death Penalty

Texas Has Executed So Many Inmates, There's Now Art Made Entirely Out Of Their Last Words

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

And it's surprisingly -- and hauntingly -- uplifting.

Texas Death Row Inmate Seeking Delay Cites Botched Execution

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 07.13.2014 | Crime

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court halted a convicted Texas killer's scheduled execution Tuesday so his attorneys can pursue appeals a...

Texas Set For First Execution Since Botched Lethal Injection

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 05.12.2014 | Crime

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas will carry out on Tuesday the first U.S. execution since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma last month unless att...

During Execution, Inmate Says Lethal Injection 'Does Kind Of Burn'

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 04.16.2014 | Crime

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A man convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend, her young son and her mother 13 years ago at a home in Corpus Christ...

Death Penalty Choice Puts GOP Candidate In 'Tough Position'

AP | PAUL J. WEBER | Posted 06.15.2014 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The death penalty is like gun rights in Texas politics: Candidates don't dare get in the way of either. But Republican Greg Abb...

Texas Executes Mexican National With Drug From Secret Source

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 06.09.2014 | Crime

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A man who escaped prison in his native Mexico while serving a murder sentence was executed in Texas on Wednesday for fatall...

The Secrecy Behind Execution Drugs Is Increasingly Coming Under Fire

AP | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS and JIM SALTER | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dating to the days when the guillotine operator or the hangman wore a mask, a certain amount of anonymity has always surrounded exe...

Judge Orders Texas To Disclose Supplier Of Execution Drugs

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK and PAUL J. WEBER | Posted 03.27.2014 | Crime

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A state judge ordered the Texas prison agency Thursday to disclose its supplier of a new batch of execution drugs to attorneys ...

The Death Penalty Is the Tip of an Iceberg of Injustice

Steven W. Hawkins | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Steven W. Hawkins

Years from now we will know that we stood on the right side of history.

Man About To Be Executed In Texas Pens Devastating Letter

Gawker | Posted 03.04.2014 | Crime

Texas death row inmate Ray Jasper is scheduled to be put to death on March 19. He has written us a letter that, he acknowledges, "could be my final st...

More Evidence That Texas Executed An Innocent Man

The New York Times | Posted 02.28.2014 | Crime

In the 10 years since Texas executed Cameron Todd Willingham after convicting him on charges of setting his house on fire and murdering his three youn...

Texas' Other Death Penalty

Texas Observer | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics

The first patient who called me “doctor” died a few winters ago. I met him at the St. Vincent’s Student-Run Free Clinic on Galveston Island. I w...

Children of the Condemned

David Protess | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
David Protess

Mounting evidence, including DNA tests the State had fought for more than a decade, strongly supports his claim of innocence. Yet Skinner came within 45 minutes of execution in 2010 and almost died three times this year due to an often-fatal illness.

Texas Inmate Defies Death As Evidence of Innocence Mounts

David Protess | Posted 11.10.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

Hank Skinner is in the final round of a fight against two heavyweights. One is the Texas lawmen who want him executed. The other is an often-fatal ailment that saps his strength and leaves him in constant pain. The odds makers give him little chance. Death, after all, is undefeated.

Texas Running Out Of Execution Drug

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 10.01.2013 | Crime

HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- The nation's most active death penalty state is running out of its execution drug. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said...

Dem Proposes Tying Abortion Restrictions To Death Penalty Abolition

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics

A Texas lawmaker has introduced a bill that would block anti-abortion laws from going into effect until the state ends its use of capital punishment. ...

Macabre Milestone: Texas Set To Execute 500th Inmate

AP | JUAN A. LOZANO | Posted 08.26.2013 | Crime

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Texas marked a solemn moment in criminal justice Wednesday evening, executing its 500th inmate since it resumed carrying out...

A History Of Capital Punishment In Texas

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 08.25.2013 | Crime

-- Milestones in capital punishment in Texas: 1819 - George Brown is first person executed in Texas, by hanging. 1863 - Chipita Rodriguez is fi...

Texas Set To Execute 500th Inmate

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 08.25.2013 | Crime

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Jim Willett remembers the night of Dec. 6, 1982, when he was assigned to guard a mortuary van that had arrived at the death...

Authorities Execute Man Who Confessed To 5 Murders

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 06.13.2013 | Crime

HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- A man who confessed to killing five people during a six-month crime spree in southeastern Texas 15 years ago was put to death Wed...

Texas Execution: Routine or 'Awesome'?

Martin Clancy | Posted 06.28.2013 | Crime
Martin Clancy

Texas conducted its fourth execution of the year Thursday night, an event now so routine that the state's major newspapers didn't even send reporters.

Richard Cobb Executed For Texas Store Abduction Slaying

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 06.25.2013 | Crime

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — A Texas inmate was executed Thursday evening for fatally shooting one of three people he and a partner abducted during a con...

Executing the Death Penalty

David Protess | Posted 05.19.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

In 1999, a French journalist made a bold prediction to me. "Your country will abolish capital punishment in the next 25 years." I thought of our conversation on Friday when I learned that Maryland will ban capital punishment.

Blind Justice

Andrea Lyon | Posted 04.24.2013 | Crime
Andrea Lyon

In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, many are wondering where our mental health system has gone awry. The state of Texas's desire to kill Andre Thomas shows that we are a long way from where we need to be.

How Crazy Is Too Crazy For Execution?

www.motherjones.com | Posted 02.12.2013 | Crime

Andre Thomas was convicted of killing his estranged wife and their two children, a 4-year-old boy and 13-month old girl. With an extensive background ...